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Jul 3, 2012 6:30pm PDT
across syria, saying they are being used to hold in government crackdowns since pro-democracy protests started last year. >> the group said it had carried out more than 200 interviews with former detainees, military, and intelligence. almost all of them said the either experienced or witnessed torture. data powerful footage has captured what is said to be the syrian government's deadly shelling of residential areas. a new report details atrocities being committed away from the eyes of the world. >> the syrian authority is running a network of torture centers, a network of torture chambers scattered across syria. the widespread and systematic nature of this network makes it clear that it constitutes a crime against humanity. >> human rights watch interviewed more than 200 former prisoners who told of their experiences in regime torture chambers. >> when we were detained in the military intelligence prison, they hung us by our arms with our bodies suspended in the air. then they beat and taunted us. they put a metal device with a for your prongs' between your legs to crush your
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Jul 13, 2012 6:30pm PDT
killings. >> and middle east analyst and author joins us now in the studio to talk more about this. russians have warned that the conflict is becoming more sectarian. are we going to see an all-out civil war in syria? >> that is unfortunately indeed the past we see evolving. what started out as civil unrest against regime in justice and as a quest for change has now really become a full-fledged civil war -- what started out as civil unrest against regime injustice. this makes it so complicated to really solve the issue. there is the government that still assumes it can crush this rebellion, and there is an opposition that is getting stronger and stronger, militia- type of opposition, that also believes it can crush the regime militarily, but in both cases, it will not work. >> the west has been a constantly trying to ratchet up pressure, but china and russia are opposed to that. is there anything that can be done to get china to agree to increase the pressure? >> both china and russia worry that too many regimes in the region fall and become pro- western. syria and iran are the las
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Jul 28, 2012 4:00pm PDT
someday be on a course to collide with our planet. it might sound like a movie plot, but tyler tells us that nasa takes neos very seriously. in fact, all should. >> so, do you worry that something from outer space may crash into the earth? >> i think the chances are pretty slim. >> sometimes, like when i'm daydreaming in the middle of history class. >> no. i don't worry about something from outer space crashing into the earth. >> i don't worry about it a lot because i feel like we would have had a lot of warning from a lot of people and on the news, so i don't think that it's much to worry about. >> the universe isn't quite as empty as it seems. icy comets and rocky asteroids have been hurtling through space since time began. they're formed and propelled by explosions, collisions, and gravity. and they can be gigantic. this asteroid is 36 miles across. that's almost as wide as the state of rhode island. fortunately, most of these celestial wanderers are a lot smaller. >> pebble-sized objects hit the atmosphere on a daily basis. that's what you see when you see a shooting star. basketbal
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Jul 26, 2012 7:00pm PDT
inexperience. >>> investors seem to be showing more confidence in the euro. ai uchida joins us from the business team, good morning. what's happening this morning? >> good morning, catherine. investors have their hopes pinned on the european central bank, because the president of the ecb expressed his resolve to safeguard the euro. mario draghi's remarks lifted the currency's value and boosted share prices. >> the ecb is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. and believe me, it will be enough. >> draghi was speaking at a conference in london. he also commented on the high borrowing costs of some national bonds. he suggested the bank will take action if necessary. market players took his comments to mean that the ecb will buy spanish government bonds as well as bonds of other financially troubled nations. >>> as a result the euro rallied against major currencies. it moved away from a near 12-year low against the yen set earlier this week. yields on benchmark ten-year spanish bonds were also sharply lower, after draghi's remarks, to the 6.9% level. the rate had recently risen
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Jul 24, 2012 7:00pm PDT
us a breakdown as well on the effects of apple's earnings results and the eurozone bond yields. >> yes, thank you very much, ai. we did have some trade balance numbers before the markets opened. let's have a look at those and a little bit of a surprise there showing a surplus, the first time in three months of deficits, a surplus of $791 million, and a lot of market analysts were expecting a deficit, so that's a little bit of a turn. let's see how the nikkei and the topix are kicking off this wednesday. it's pretty clear the market's taking more of a direction from the eurozone debt issues and we're seeing the nikkei down over 1%, 8,394, so we've broken below 8,400. yesterday we were talking about breaking below 8,500 so that's another level to deal with. topix 710, renewed concerns about greece and continuing high bond yields in spain and italy is setting off alarm bells yet again and market players here are concerned about the effects on global markets, as we're clearly seeing here at the open. earnings from apple as you also mentioned there may play a factor in relating shar
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Jul 18, 2012 6:30pm PDT
two sides have decided to fight it out. >> russia has decided to use its veto power? >> yes, it will. even if it did not, the two sides would continue fighting. there is no diplomatic way right now to stop the country from entering a civil war. the only question is -- how long will it take? >> the white house says it now does not know the whereabouts of bashar al assad. what does that tell you? is it possible he has left the country? >> i do not think so. he will remain in the country. he has no place to go. his family has no place to go. he has so many supporters in the country that he has to take care of that i think there is no way out. i think the american government simply does not know where he is. the information that the americans and western allies have on the situation on the ground is not very good, and that is frightening. >> we have to leave it there. as always, thank you for coming in to talk with us. much of the diplomatic efforts in syria have been focused on moscow. russia says it will veto any resolution at the united nations. let's go to our moscow bureau wher
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Jul 1, 2012 6:30pm PDT
david walker would claim jefferson's argument had "injured us more, and has been as great a barrier to our emancipation as any thing that has ever been advanced against us," for it had " sunk deep into the hearts of millions of the whites, and never will be removed this side of eternity." so, the ideal of equality jefferson proclaimed, he also betrayed. he got it right when he wrote about "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." as the core of our human aspirations. but he lived it wrong, denying to others the rights he claimed for himself. and that's how jefferson came to embody the oldest and longest war of all -- the war between the self and the truth, between what we know and how we live. so enjoy the fireworks and flags, the barbecues and bargain sales. but hold this thought as well -- that behind this fourth of july holiday are human beings who were as flawed and conflicted as they were inspired. if they were to look upon us today they most likely would think as they did then, how much remains to be done. with those contradictions of american history in mind, this seemed a g
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Jul 20, 2012 7:00pm PDT
be highly profitable. he proposes using crude oil exploration methods and magnets to extract the metals efficiently. his team uncovered 6.8 million tons of deposits at a depth of 5,600 meters. the site is located near the island of minami-torishima some 2,000 kilometers southeast of tokyo. according to the team's calculations, the deposit would cover japan's current consumption needs for the next 200 years. >>> major japanese railcar maker nippon sharyo has opened a new factory in the u.s. state of illinois. it's the firm's first overseas production facility. illinois governor pat quinn and over 400 other people attended the plant's opening ceremony in rochelle. >> investing in rail, in passenger rail, commuter rail, is a very good investment for jobs in illinois. >> the 140,000-square-meter factory cost about $53 million to build. it has the capacity to make 120 passenger railcars a year. nippon sharyo will make double-decker cars for a railway network in illinois. in the future, the company hopes to produce railcars for export. calls for job creation and the development of loca
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Jul 4, 2012 7:00pm PDT
looking into emerging markets to find business opportunities. ai uchida joins us now. what are you hearing from people? >> we often hear about car makers going into china, india, thailand. now we're hearing car makers are betting their future also on russia. the country's car industry has been growing despite the european debt crisis. japan's mitsubishi motors join forces two years ago to set up a plant southwest of moscow. now their assembly lines have started full scale production. workers at the kaluga plant are churning out 125,000 vehicles per year. that's three times their initial output. executives at mitsubishi hopes to use the facility as a platform for the russian market. the global financial crisis stemming from the collapse of lehman brothers triggered a plunge in russian car sales in 2009. dealers only sold about 1.5 million cars, which is about half of what they did the year before. the sector has shown strong signs of recovery, though. salesmen sold about 2.6 million cars last year. >>> well, investors around the world were taking a wait and see attitude on wednesday because
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Jul 27, 2012 6:30pm PDT
as a strategic and commercial hub. the use of heavy weapons there has already taken its toll. >> the fight for control of aleppo has raged for nearly a week, and both sides are preparing for what could be a decisive battle. still, demonstrators defied the danger, filling the streets to voice their hatred of the assad regime and to show their increasing disregard for the powers that be. opposition forces have reportedly seized a number of districts in the city. the rebel flag now flies over a government building, and rebel forces are preparing themselves for the battle to come. the assad regime is reportedly ready in an offensive. the u.s. state department is voicing concern, fearing an all- out massacre may be imminent. >> this is another desperate attempt by a regime that is going down to try to maintain control, and we are greatly concerned about what they are capable of in aleppo. >> washington says its intelligence indicates the syrian government is using warplanes and attack helicopters to target rebel positions in aleppo. the international red cross has pulled many of its emerg
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Jul 20, 2012 6:30pm PDT
. the opposition has done its utmost to tell us time and again that minorities have nothing to fear. but the minorities are afraid, and that is why the keep supporting the assad regime. that is perhaps the fundamental problem of the moment in syria. >> the world is worried about this, that you're going to have the blood shed with the assad regime being toppled. once that has happened, you're going to have another bloodbath with all these minorities being targeted. do you think that is a realistic scenario? >> it is a scenario, and the events on the ground show was that the country is moving towards a sectarian and ethnic conflict. so i do not think that the minorities are totally wrong in being afraid, because the opposition is sunni and islamist in orientation. and some of them are even jihadists. >> as always, thanks for coming in and giving us your insi in the u. atof colodoicare trying to eld in the killi a movat denver colorado. the cumneened- enrcen the scene film. wiessayhe s lpain oyoba ereed >> obudis veac ogethe coro forget, the u.s.dinalst every . how it goes is there i a
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Jul 7, 2012 4:00pm PDT
. >> with the help of three intern volunteers, mary kate gave us an informal fashion show. and don't worry, guys -- she included some tips for you, as well. this is lizzy, and lizzy is dressed a little bit too conservatively, a little too serious, old for her age. you know, it's a full suit. it doesn't really seem like it's young and fresh and doesn't show any of her personality. so now lizzy is dressed with a blazer, but she's doing it as a "do." this is actually a blazer from the kids' department, which is a great way to get a cute fit that looks young and fresh, but it's still professional, so we thought it looked great over this bright-colored dress. lizzy's dress is actually strapless, which isn't appropriate for the office, but when she leaves work, and maybe she's meeting friends, she can take off the jacket, and she still looks really great. altogether, i think she looks appropriate for her first day at an internship. this is lauren, and lauren's "don't" is a too-short skirt. she almost looks inappropriate for the beach. she has flip-flops on, a tank top, and it's a bit too casual.
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Jul 25, 2012 7:00pm PDT
is using guerrilla tactics in the fight. government forces have retaliated with repeated attacks on opposition positions. state television reports the government side has pushed the opposition side back close to the border with turkey. government pilots have dropped bombs on densely populated areas where opposition forces have fled. civilian casualties are expected to rise. >>> united nations officials have withdrawn half of their observers from syria. about 140 monitor also remain on the ground. >> we have to hope that the whole process gains traction, that the vicious circle of violence can cease. >> he cited syria's deteriorating security as the key factor in the decision. still he said those who remain will continue with their work. u.n. security council members voted last week to extend the mission by 30 days, but the monitors have been forced to suspend most of their patrols since mid-june after syria entered a state of civil war. >>> turkey's government has met to discuss neighboring syria, following the disclosure that the war-torn country has chemical weapons. turkish prime
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Jul 6, 2012 7:00pm PDT
the urgency of the situation sometimes forced us to contact the engineers because the cabinet had trouble accessing information about the kind of support they needed on the ground. >> hosono also said he believes the lack of a clear division between the roles of government and tepco added to the confusion in the wake of the accident. >>> relations between pakistan and the u.s. soured after pakistan closed supply routes to nato forces in afghanistan in protest of u.s. cross-border attacks. tensions between the two countries may ease now that the roads are open again. but problems remain. patchari raksawong in our bureau in bangkok has the details. >> a vital artery for american troops in afghanistan is now reopened. pakistan lifted road blocks on supply routes used by nato forces on thursday, seven months after they were closed. expectations are high for improved bilateral ties between pakistan and the u.s., but public resentment towards the government in pakistan is on the rise. >> thousands of pakistanis took to the streets on thursday to protest the reopening of the route. angry
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Jul 23, 2012 7:00pm PDT
armed forces will use them if foreign troops intervene in the conflict. foreign ministry spokesperson jihad responded to speculation by anti-government fighters and other countries that the syrian military could resort to using weapons of mass destruction. he acknowledged his country has chemical and bacterial weapons. he says they're in storage and under the supervision of armed forces. >> translator: any unconventional weapon that the arab public possess would never -- would never be used against civilians or against the syrian people during this crisis. >> he says syrian forces will only use the weapons country faces external aggression. syria has not ratified the chemical weapons convention. officials from western countries suspect the assad government has stockpiles of mustard gas. they have expressed fear the turmoil in syria could allow terrorist organizations to take possession of these weapons. >>> european union foreign ministers say they're concerned about the potential use of chemical weapons in syria. they're also trying to choke off the supply of conventiona
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Jul 22, 2012 6:30pm PDT
publicly denouncing the 2003 invasion of iraq. in such books as "war is a force that gives us meaning," his weekly column for the website "truthdig" and freelance articles for a variety of other publications, chris hedges has taken his life's experience covering the brutality of combat and shaped a world view in which morality and faith, and the importance of truth-telling, dissent and social activism take precedence, even if it means going to jail. welcome, chris hedges. >> thank you. >> tell me about joe sacco. he was your companion on this trip. and he was your, in effect, co-author. although he was sketching instead of writing. >> i've known joe since the war in bosnia. we met when he was working on his book, "gorazde." and i was not a reader of graphic novels. but i watched him work. and i certainly know a brilliant journalist when i see one. and he is one of the most brilliant journalists i've ever met. he reports it out with such depth and integrity and power, and then he draws it out. and i realized that an extremely important component of this book was making visible these invisibl
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Jul 5, 2012 6:30pm PDT
following this story and joins us now from our parliamentary studios. what have you learned today? >> let me begin by telling you what i have not learned -- specifically why those files were destroyed, who gave the order for them to be destroyed, and was it part of a cover-up? that cannot be ruled out. we also do not know the full extent of the collision and collaboration between members of the intelligence community in germany and neo-nazis. lots of big questions that remain to be answered. we do know there was this decade-long series of hideous racially motivated crimes, and the perpetrators of those crimes went undetected for more than a decade. why? that is the question. because the police were not good at tracking them down. what we have learned today is that when the police turned to the intelligence agencies in germany, they did not get much support because the chief of those intelligence agencies has submitted -- admitted that his services was uncoordinated, was bureaucratic, and was heavy handed and blind in one night. that is the most important point. why do i say that?
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Jul 15, 2012 6:30pm PDT
explains why i wanted to talk to sheila bair. she's a hero to many of us for her long fight for an honest and accountable banking system. after years working on capitol hill, at the treasury department, the new york stock exchange and the commodity futures trading commission, she was appointed by president george w. bush to head the federal deposit insurance corporation, the fdic. now as senior advisor to the pew charitable trust, sheila bair has just organized a private group of financial experts called the systemic risk council. among its members, former fed chairman paul volcker, former senators bill bradley and alan simpson, john reed, once the chairman of citigroup, and brooksley born, the former cftc chairman who back in the 1990s accurately predicted an economic meltdown. its mission, to prevent the banking industry from scuttling the reforms created by the dodd-frank act, and, hopefully, prevent another crash. she has a book coming out in late september about the need for reform called "taking the bull by the horns." she's also written two books for children about money and
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Jul 10, 2012 7:00pm PDT
. reports. years marwa, nice to herself. afrigadhafi's the time has come for us to shape libya. the discri>> left over fromregime. it's is running. the lack ofhe problem. xpress themselveshe first time. take the first s democracy.ure, >> reporter: now that libyans have cast their first the dic up to the ambassador to transition, he is the vi of japan. wer. what is your interpretation of how the country's first free vote, first fretroubles, but ge successful affecting 2 years ofdictatorship. i appreciate their le. >> elections were going to take some any indication of how libyans 60%, of 3 million eligible voters cast their regimefailed. i'm sure that libya will p twist an established in that country. >> twist and turns, as you new nations? >> i normalmentors, in my time now libya i by source of energy forjapan's former ambassador to palestinian leader filing a her lawyers to build the case about the allegedance.in find out the eln thbainem i o a ahr enoc inatco if is spain's deadline to cut t fialefitnda 30 billion e fopanish a investors and pl players to see how they areng re eurmo
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Jul 24, 2012 6:30pm PDT
is terrible. >> the latest concern is that the regime might use chemical weapons or allow them to fall into the wrong hands. israel says if that happens, it will act. >> at the moment, we see the psyrians transfer chemical and biological weapons to hezbollah -- this is a red line for us, and from our point of view, we will act decisively and without hesitation or restraint. >> threats like that are likely to prompt more people to join the 100,000 who have already fled syria for the safety of neighboring countries. >> the egyptian president has announced a new prime minister for the country, and he is a u.s.-educated former official at the african development bank. he was the minister of water resources and irrigation in the outgoing military-appointed government. >> on his facebook pitch, it says he owned a doctorate. it is unclear how much power he will have, given the ongoing influence of the military. the german city health services to commemorate those who died in the love parade two years ago. the music festival used to be one of germany's biggest, attracting visitors from al
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Jul 2, 2012 7:00pm PDT
strict regulations. >> translator: it is difficult for us to control regional conflicts in which small weapons are used. we in japan must create an environment in which we can contribute to peace-building. >> reporter: but the key players are big weapon producers such as the united states. the u.s. is the world's biggest weapons exporter, accounting for one-third of the total value of global arms shipment. washington initially opposed the treaty. but president obama reversed that position. his administration is not so forthcoming on some of the scope of the treaty, though, such as small arms or ammunition. guns are very popular in the u.s. a new poll indicates more than 40% of american households own a gun. some lawmakers resist any international law that might, in their view, infringe american people's constitutional right to arm themselves. the u.s. is also the biggest exporter of ammunition and produces over seven billion rounds a year. the country has resisted the proposed inclusion of ammunition in the scope of the treaty on the ground that it is impractical. russia and chin
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Jul 9, 2012 7:00pm PDT
about how to use a bailout fund to directly inject money into struggling banks. they're also discussing how to utilize the fund to stabilize bond markets for debt strapped countries facing high borrowing costs. the ministers are addressing the scale and conditions of financial support for spain. they're also weighing the greek government's request to relax the conditions for austerity measures. the eu imposed the measures in return for financial support but discussioned with spain are already behind schedule, and talks with the greek government have yet to begin in earnest. some observers speculate the finance ministers may have to meet again soon -- possibly next week. but one european politician has had enough. he feels leaders aren't discussing the right topics to begin with. what's the story? >> as that finance minister's meeting is going on in brussels, there is a heated debate of its own kinden in athens. they're talking about how hard the country should push to relax the austerity measures. a senior greek government official, one official, has quit over the handling of
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Jul 26, 2012 6:30pm PDT
what it did for greece. draghi says it is essential to respond to the market's. >> they are giving us messages. if you ask me, it is a powerful question. will we be able, shall we be able? the answer is yes, of course. >> the market responded positively to draghi's words. that could ease pressure on struggling countries and by the time to rebuild the economies. >> the spanish team of-year bond yield is below 10% now and european bond shares went up 2%. the dax ended the day up by 2.75%. the dow jones up over 4%. a very good day obviously. we look across the atlantic -- the dow jones doing well, 12,882. the euro recovering from recent lows at the moment. we stay in the and the european commission president pledged to deliver on obligations to remain in the . >> that is right. in his first athens visit since the crisis started in 2009, bar asso met with greek and italian prime minister's to find ways to cut spending. >> meanwhile, athens is reviewing it greek austerity measures. the ecb has the power to decide whether greece has done enough. >> with a report on the austerity program in
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Jul 16, 2012 6:30pm PDT
russian foreign minister accused the west of effectively trying to use blackmail to secure a new solution to and syria's civil war. >> in syria itself, of violence escalates on monday. the fighting is spreading in the capital of damascus. the government's deployed -- the government deployed armored did -- vehicles in the city. >> this amateur video is said to show a fierce fighting between government forces and rebel fighters in the capital of damascus. now it seems the heaviest fighting is where it began. international leaders are stepping up pressure on syria's rival, russia. the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov accused the west of strong arming moscow. >> we are seeing elements of black male much to our regrets. -- upblackmail -- of blackmail much to our regrets. i find this to be counterproductive and dangerous proposal. >> serious opposition and sharply criticized president assad's allies. the syrian national council of leaders are seeing russia and iran are helping fuel the violence. >> we're calling on russia and iran to respect the will of the syrian people and to s
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Jul 13, 2012 7:00pm PDT
>>> neighboring south sudan. it will be used to wells in refugee roopspan's ground self- force members >>> u.s. ornaments and acc ma and asian elephants.on ofhingto into the possibility of a black >>>her team updates usern japan re area. you have tgoshima n fuku rains continuing to persist and that front continues to persist here. warm, moist air gets continued se thus, it's dropping this just very heavy amount of rain totals r saturday.is low pressure area over the korean peninsula because some strong thunderstorms could be flaring up here acco hail and heavy rain causing that day. it's going to pose that much more risk of increased flooding for you. manila, 32 accompanied by afternoon rain showers and thunderstorms. over to the americas, we're ards arizona.. remember the old catch phrase, don't drown, turn around. in other word north of that, let's look at this low pressure area producing ibly severe at times across he large hail, gusty winds and frequent lightning for you. been cam temperaturewise, hot in oklahoma city with a high of 36. in soutn one after another. the same pattern
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Jul 9, 2012 6:30pm PDT
key issue is how to use the european stability mechanism to recapitalized banks directly, rather than funneling financial aid through governments. >> the meeting on monday is also expected to discuss who should succeed luxembourg's jean-claude juncker as head of the eurogroup. juncker is due to step down on july 17. >> and spain is high on the agenda. on monday, the interest spain has to offer on 10-year bonds rose back above 7%. that level is considered unsustainable. >> spain's economy minister got a warm welcome on a rival in brussels. but the meeting with his eu colleagues is bound to involve tough bargaining. >> we will be talking about two main issues, the memorandum of understanding setting up the bailout conditions and the level of prevacid that we are permitted. >> france's finance minister said he was confident. >> i am optimistic that we will make progress on the difficult points with spain and the establishment of the esm. >> the key is cross-border supervision of banks, which is seen as a requirement for stricken institutions to get bailout aid directly. >> first, we need
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Jul 17, 2012 7:00pm PDT
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Jul 17, 2012 6:30pm PDT
that. i think it shows how out of touch he is with public opinion. >> bear with us for a moment. we will come back to you in just a moment's time. all right, soccer was also on the agenda in berlin today -- above all, the question of how to solve the question of violence in germany's soccer stadiums. >> politicians met with representatives from 54 professional soccer clubs on a new code of behavior that will see troublemakers' band more quickly and more money for fan associations -- behavior that will see troublemakers banned more quickly. >> they may be banned, but they keep showing up. out-of-control fans are a growing problem. a low point was this game. fans stormed the field before the game was over in this playoff match. officials want to put a stop to this kind of access. the message at the conference was clear. >> we have to present a united front against violence. a zero tolerance policy from the new season on words -- onwards. >> the conference did not come up with any new proposals but did agree on a new code of conduct. fireworks remain banned, but the new head of the con
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Jul 10, 2012 6:30pm PDT
berlin. that is all we have time for now. >> do not forget, you can find out much more about us an hour show on our website. that is dw.de. >> thanks for joining us. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org--
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Jul 27, 2012 7:00pm PDT
observation for a long period of time should be thrown to its end. >> a government offshore told us they're considering establishing a department for the investigation in the new regulation agency which is going to start in september. there are still more questions than answers when it comes to the nuclear disaster. we will keep fueling the investigation and evaluations. >> thanks very much for that, hiroshi. for today's nuclear watch. >> people in japan's northeast are focused on overcoming the challenges of the 2011 disaster but it won't be easy. they have to rebuild homes, businesses, entire communities. we'll show you their struggles and their successes on "the road ahead" every wednesday, 1:00 p.m. japan time on "newsline." >> the u.s. economy grew and the department of commerce released preliminary gdp figures to june. consumer spending grew 1.5% in compared to the first quarter. disappointing figures due to jobs figures. the growth rates gained 2% during the first three months of the year. consumer accounts for 70% of economic activity. it grew 1.5% in the second quarter compared to
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Jul 16, 2012 7:00pm PDT
negotiating rights last u.s. partner saying it will be used as political campaign. parliament's approval of the support for fukushima daiichi plant in japan. >>> public support for nuclear energy in demonstrators held their latest post-fukushima protest aimed at pressuring the government to rally was 2011 disaster. >> reporter: they brave heat and humidity to come out in historic numbers. these protesters in tokyo are demand thousands of people are here to say no power. >> translator: nuclear power is too dangerous humans inred explosio is still otest after protest urging the government to stop using atomice and academy award winning musician. they told the crowd life and health are much more important than economic people came out today to lis their own government stop restarting nuclear plants and decommission them. things. when i think about my child and other children in fukushima, i cannot help butt shame for all japanese if another nuclear accident happens again. really angry. this is terrible politics that politicians play. >> reporter: government officials have before, b
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Jul 12, 2012 6:30pm PDT
justice has ruled in favor of the farmers, allowing them to use their own varieties of seed even if not officially listed. >> the ruling allows for more innovation and sustainability in a sector which is good for innovation and sustainability. >> it was grown from seeds that do not have an official eu pedigree. the owner stands to benefit from the court ruling. >> potatoes and carrots in particular have an enormous% range of flavors that he will not find in mass-produce varieties. >> until now, only produce to run from registered seeds was allowed on the market. since the process of getting c's registered is so expensive and time-consuming, -- seeds registered is so expensive and time-consuming, only big corporations have the money. >> in practical terms, you cannot use one of these old varieties amor. they are just not good enough. >> but the court disagreed. they pointed out the regulations could lead to a major loss of biodiversity, and even greater dominance by the bigger corporations. >> europe is finally going to open up to real varieties. small ones. older ones. that will hel
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Jul 30, 2012 6:30pm PDT
have eased tensions on financial markets. >> with this auction today and in the last week, it shows us that without this report of the ecb, italy, especially spain, are almost out of the financial markets, so they are in deep trouble. definitely, we need support. >> but those countries could come under increasing pressure if the ecb fails to follow its pledges of support from the euro with concrete action. >> all that news had a positive effect on the markets here in europe. our correspondent at the frankfurt stock exchange has more. >> the mood was quite upbeat at the beginning of this week. investors full of confidence that they will be helped. they're looking towards the european central bank, its meeting this coming thursday in frankfurt. the hope is that they will be ready to announce some kind of bond purchase program that would ease the tension in the financial markets and the bond market, especially help spain and the investors here as well. there are a lot of people on the floor of those who were also uneasy about this type of thinking, saying this is just kicking the can down
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Jul 14, 2012 4:00pm PDT
use a plastic eye shield. for other sports where you may get hit in the eye, goggles might be the ticket. if you swim, goggles that are watertight are a good idea. chemicals like chlorine can damage your cornea. >> i do track, so i don't need any eye protection for that. >> actually, you probably do. outdoor sports like track and skiing expose your eyes to the sun's harmful ultraviolet light. so look for goggles that give full protection against uva and uvb rays. >> my sister and i really love to go on the moguls. those bumps go really fast. >> hannah was wearing glasses under her ski goggles. she thought she was protected, but she wasn't. >> and then i just fell. one of my sides of the glasses that connects to your ear, it just broke off. >> when you're playing sports, and you're wearing glasses underneath your goggles, if you get hit in the face, the goggles can get compressed and then compress the glasses. the lenses are usually shatterproof, but the frames can break, and a broken frame near the eye can certainly damage the eye. >> that's why many athletes wear contact lenses.
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Jul 21, 2012 4:00pm PDT
. but that can be a challenge, especially because a lot of us like eating in places where food is fast and cheap. nicole tells us why some fast food can be a fast route to health problems later in life. >> i like cheeseburgers and fries. >> i'd have to say french fries. i like french fries. >> if i could find a really good hamburger... >> my favorite fast food would be onion rings because they're just really delicious. >> it tastes great, and it's pretty affordable. so what's the problem? >> well, there is a problem, but only if we're eating too often in fast-food restaurants, or we're making choices that aren't as healthy for us in a fast-food restaurant. yes, notoriously, fast food can be high in fat, calories, sodium, and missing some other great nutrients. >> colleen thompson and ellen shanley are dieticians -- experts in nutrition, especially when it comes to fast food. they even wrote a book about it, "fueling the teen machine." >> we thought that teens were at a point where they're really inquisitive about things, and food and nutrition happens to be one of them. they're asking
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Jul 8, 2012 6:30pm PDT
opposes disclosure laws because the super-rich just might be bullied and harassed by the rest of us who want to know who's buying our elections. so that the editorial page of "the wall street journal" asks us to have pity on billionaires and those little ol' corporations and their ceos who just might have their tender feelings hurt. if they were exposed to boycotts and pickets, were it known which candidates they were buying. wait a minute. weren't we taught the first amendment also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble and petition, even to boycott and picket? that's what a couple of hundred protesters were doing just the other day. they marched to the d.c. offices of american crossroads and crossroads gps. those are the right-wing money mills run by the mastermind of much of this massive fund-raising, karl rove. he's making a bundle himself buying and selling "free speech," while at the same time deploring the disclosure of big donors' names as "shameful" intimidation. exercising their first amendment rights, the demonstrators taped a kind of wanted poster on rove's office door
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Jul 29, 2012 6:30pm PDT
for all of us to hear, but especially those of us who have never been in combat. karl marlantes, a small-town boy from oregon, the son of a soldier, a graduate of yale, landed in vietnam in october 1968, and was placed in charge of 1st platoon, charlie company, 1st battalion, 4th marine regiment. one year later he came home with two purple hearts, the navy cross, the bronze star, ten air medals, and memories that screamed at him. he finished his degree in philosophy at oxford on a rhodes scholarship and spent the next 30 years in business, all the while wrestling with the demons that came home with him. finally, in the late '90s, he asked the veterans administration for help, and began treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. two years ago he published a novel. he had been working on it ever since he came home from vietnam, "matterhorn," the story of a young 2nd lieutenant leading a rifle platoon of 40 marines on a remote jungle hill. critics called it "a powerhouse. tense, brutal honest," "unforgettable," "moving and intense." karl marlantes has now written a second book, a n
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Jul 23, 2012 6:30pm PDT
>> syria has issued a very stark warning against any foreign interference, implying it would use chemical or biological warfare to combat any intervention from abroad. >> the warning comes as international pressure grows on the government to step aside from several fronts arab foreign ministers said offered president assad a safe exit if he resigns. >> but the syrian leader is showing he intends to remain in power, launching new counter offenses against rebel strongholds. our coverage begins on the ground in syria. >> this video posted on the internet is believed to have been filmed in aleppo. rebels said fierce fighting is continuing there and the capital damascus. pressure is mounting on president bashar al-assad. for the first time, the syrian government has indirectly raised the question of using chemical weapons inside syrian borders. >> these weapons that they possession of -- possess are monitored and guarded by the syrian army. these weapons are meant to be used only and strictly in the event of external aggression against syria. >> syria has held stocks of chemical weapo
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Jul 19, 2012 7:00pm PDT
permitted nonmilitary sanctions if president assad's government refused to stop using heavy artillery within ten days and the resolution called for a 45-day extension of the u.n. cease-fire observers mission. the current term expires on friday. it's a third time russia and china have vetoed u.n. resolutions on syria. >> the security council has failed utterly. this is another dark day in turtle bay. one can only hope that one day, before too many thousands more die, that russia and china will stop protecting assad and allow -- >> western nations are expected to try to dlaft another resolution to extend the mission of the u.n. cease-fire observers. u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon regrets the security council's failure to agree on a resolution. he argues that other nations have a collective responsibility to the syrian people and says the u.n. will continue to try to end the violence and human rights violations in syria. >> russia's u.n. ambassador says his country vetoed the original resolution because it would have helped to lead to external military involvement in the syrian conflict and
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Jul 30, 2012 7:00pm PDT
companies are going head-to-head over patents. ai joins us from the business team. ai, we are hearing about this yet again. >> yet again indeed and roots run deep on this one, catherine. number one and number two makers of smart phones around the world. and they are business parters np you might have guessed. it is apple and samsung electronics p. they have entered another legal battle over smart phones and tablet computers. jury selection began at the federal courthouse in san jose california. the firms have fought about 50 similar trials around the world since april of last year. lawyers for apple are asking the court to stop samsung from selling its smart phones and tablet computers in the u.s. and they are demanding compensation for the loss of market share. the apple side says designers at samsung copied the iphone after the smart phone hit the market in 2007. samsung lawyers argue it wasn't an original design. they say apple based theirs from sony. samsung counter sued. lawyers claim apple infringed on patents for communication technologies. the trial is expected to take
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Jul 19, 2012 6:30pm PDT
arsenal, and if assad used those chemical weapons against his own people, he would have to be held accountable. for whatever that means. >> whatever that means is that -- should we put all this diplomatic window dressing to the side now and admit that this is the end o the line for diplomacy as far as the united nations security council is concerned? >> yes, you would not find anybody who put diplomacy to rest entirely in this case, but it is clear that there is no common ground for any meaningful compromise in the security council that would actually have an impact on the ground in syria. the positions from russia and the west are just too far apart, and it is safe to say at this moment that the peace plan from the united nations special envoy kofi annan has failed. >> as always, thank you very much. tunisia's former dictator has been sentenced to life in prison. a military court found him guilty of complacency in the killing of 43 protesters during the jasmine revolution, which led to his downfall. >> it is the fourth time he has been sentenced, though it looks unlikely he will s
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Jul 4, 2012 6:30pm PDT
-based libor rate, which banks use to lend money to one anothe. scandal has already cost three executives at barclays their jobs. >> diamond insists that the rating was isolated to only a few employees at the firm and that it is an industry-wide issue, possibly indicating the bank of england itself -- diamond insists that the rate rigging was isolated. >> he has become a symbol of greed and arrogance in the banking industry. committee members grilled him for hours, focusing on the role of britain's central bank in the crisis. lawmakers wanted to know whether the bank of england approved of barclays actions in 2008 in an effort to avoid further turbulence in financial markets. it is a grave allegation, and it could adversely affect london's financial reputation. the libor bench mark determines interest rates used by banks to borrow from each other. based on information from major institutions, the benchmark indirectly determines how much businesses and private customers pay on the money they owe. the scandal has turned into a political powder keg. in parliament, prime minister d
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Jul 11, 2012 6:30pm PDT
officials believe it is the right path. our brussels correspondent spoke to us earlier. >> the european commission spokesperson welcomed the announcement by mariano rajoy, but would not comment on the details. they said that the measures looked decisive. what is clear is that the spanish government is following the eu's recommendations. they say that spain has to increase its tax revenues and also shift the tax burden from taxes on labor and income more to consumption. that is what is happening now. also -- also, spanish prime minister mariano rajoy announced that the retirement age will gradually increase to 67 years over the next 15 years. a lot is happening, but a lot more is needed. they are asking spain to do more to tighten and employment, especially amongst young people, to do more to improve the structural systems and get structural reforms under way. brussels does not want spain to enter into even deeper recession. they're watching closely what spain is doing. >> time to take a look at once the's market numbers. -- at a wednesday's market numbers. let's begin with frankfurt. th
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Jul 2, 2012 6:30pm PDT
audience with king juan carlos. >> joining us from the capital madrid is our correspondent there. what has been the mood there over the last 24 hours? >> love, it is a never-ending discotheque, it seems, because after a long, long night, they started very early celebrating here. their intraday by disc jockeys and famous singers, as you can maybe here from behind. the party goes on, and we are to welcome the spanish football team here. [inaudible] i will not imagine what the reactions are of thousands of people that are here. >> is it fair to say that the victory has offered some temporary psychological relief to the people who are suffering under the financial crisis in spain? >> yes, indeed. at least for the last four weeks. today, of course, and maybe the following days, it will be this nice moment to remember. but all the standards i talked to, they were so realistic and said the championship is over, and live continues. and tomorrow, we have to go back to work. then we are facing again all of our problems. but they join this great moment. maybe they will keep something up, wh
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Jul 6, 2012 6:30pm PDT
helping us not stay in power. >> senior politicians for more than 100 countries came from around the globe to the meeting in paris. french president francois hollande said half the world was represented, all with one goal in common. % in syria. but the meeting was overshadowed by who was not there. both russia and china did not attend. >> u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton called for more pressure on moscow and beijing. >> i do not thichina believe thg any price at all, nothing at all. for standing up on behalf of the assad regime. the only way that will change is if every nation represented here directly and urgent -- urgently makes it clear that russia and china will pay a price. >> clinton says that without moscow and beijing's support, a concerted international move against the syrian regime is impossible. the syrian opposition is in disarray and there is little sign of either the opposition or the government putting down their arms in favor of dialogue. western powers warned that as long as the conflict is unresolved, it remains dangerous not only for the people of syria bu
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Jul 5, 2012 7:00pm PDT
. he must assure to us that france will not be diverted into the pockets of the corrupt officials. >>> officials in moscow have unveiled a plan to build agriculture facilities on russian-held islands also claimed by japan. fisheries agency chief announced the project in the capital. he said the government will spend $160 million to set up eight agriculture farms on two islands. prime minister medvedev says they should prioritize the islands among its issues related to the far east. observers say russian officials announced the plan right after the prime minister's trip to make clear their intention to develop the islands despite japan's claim. >>> the philippine government has protested china's move to place disputed islands in the south china sea under the jurisdiction of a newly created city. the chinese government announced in late june that it had integrated its administration districts of three island groups into the new city. this includes macclesfield back and spratley island. they're also claimed by the philippines and other asian nations. the filipino foreign ministry con
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Jul 3, 2012 7:00pm PDT
will try to use new sources of revenue. this is necessary to revive the french economy. >> auditors warned this week that the government must implement spending cuts to meet its reduction target. >>> investors are wall street are wrapping up their day ready to take time for independence day. but they've got more than a holiday to celebrate. ai uchida is here to fill us in. what's the news? >> we're seeing gains on global markets. extended gains for a third straight day due to more optimism following the eu summit meeting last week. u.s. stock prices also rose on factory orders with the dow jones industrial average climbing to a two-month high ending over half a percent higher at 12,943. for more we go to ramin mellegard at the tokyo stock exchange. so the u.s. markets wrapping up the day in the positive ahead of the fourth of july public holiday. >> yes, indeed, ai. markets in the u.s. taking good cheer out of the factories order data that came out. also positives from the u.s. european markets. let's see how all of that is trading in this wednesday july 4th. positive start here. an
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Jul 11, 2012 7:00pm PDT
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Jul 12, 2012 7:00pm PDT
. ramin, yahoo sathe perpetrators could use the released around 450,000 online.curity.g them to change passwords. this confid april it's attempt to restructure then in may board the chief executive offdegree. >>> all right. there have been no tokyo, karsai spoke need for pe components of most important of our responsibilities today. >> repor >> n't be peace unless the talk. we look into the >> reporter: getting the taliban to a conference table has proved difficently against reconciliation with the taliban. less than two months later, killed former t they were suspected thee been deadlocked. invaded afghanistan in 1979. london. go lisans agreed. but didn theirtaliban. do you the obama administration respo difficulties, but if it is their mil forces. but civilians. united natrd number. so there aical hat time they'll security a be done wi framework would work best to br >> this should befghan owned. on ameri sitting directl afghans for the because th will not g >> reporter: het take complete charge of negotiations with the taliban. without what he calls nhk world, tokyo 160, those kids
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Jul 25, 2012 6:30pm PDT
over to our political correspondent for some analysis on this. doom and gloom on all sides. tell us more about economists and what they are really saying. >> the report was commissioned by an american think tank, financed largely by the very controversial hedge fund manager george soros, it is hardly surprising that the report is critical of the new crisis management. the most surprising thing is the extent to which it agrees with angela merkel. for example, in opposing the introduction of eurobonds and also in warning against the european union becoming a transfer union. >> what is the german government's expected response? >> i do not think the german government will react directly to this. the ideas are not new. they belong to mainstream american economic thinking. chancellor merkel is aware of them, of course, and is not convinced by them. far more important is the possible influence of moody's, warning that germany could lose its aaa rating because of its exposure to weak southern european economies. that will strengthen chancellor merkel's resolve not to give any more cash to
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